Enhanced Practice for Internationally Educated Nurses

About the Program

This unique two-year graduate certificate program is geared to experienced internationally educated nurses holding a four-year bachelor's degree in nursing. The program will support you in acquiring essential nursing knowledge and skills required to practice within the Canadian healthcare system, with a focus on caring for seniors throughout the continuum of care. You will learn from experienced nursing faculty in active learning environments such as state-of-the-art nursing laboratories and immersive simulation suites. Emphasis is placed on development of professional practices including nursing assessment, intervention, care planning, and critical inquiry and evidence-informed decision making. The program is developed based on the College of Nurses of Ontario professional standards and entry to practice competencies for Registered Nurses. Learning of Canadian nursing practices will occur through a variety of evaluation methodologies including, scholarly writing, case studies, projects, presentations, and simulated patient encounters. You will apply theory to practice during field placement in diverse healthcare settings including medicine, surgery, complex continuing care, and long-term care. This program provides you with extensive hands-on clinical experience, including over 400 placement hours. In addition, in preparation for the nursing registration examination, you will complete NCLEX and OSCE style courses.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 40

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.

International fee details for the 2020-2021 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2020 / 2021) for
Enhanced Practice for Internationally Educated Nurses - Program # 1513


Doon - Winter 2021 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2021-01-18)
Description Winter 2021 Spring 2021
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.45 $28.45
Administration Fee $25.90 $25.90
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75 $142.75
Program Supply Fee $0.00 $75.00
Capital Development Fee $77.08 $77.08
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $197.65 $0.00
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Documentation Fee $110.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $0.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.75 $12.75
eText Fee $92.00 $66.00
CSI Legal Protection (optional) $20.10 $0.00
CSI International Health Fee $335.00 $0.00
Grad. Cert. Program Tuition $6500.00 $6500.00
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life (optional) $30.00 $30.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $4.00 $4.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00 $5.00
Student Services $50.65 $50.65
CSI - Student Frosh Kit Fee (optional) $65.00 $0.00
Session Total $8251.83 $7573.08
Year Total   $15824.91

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of nursing Bachelor degree programs can complete this program to gain valuable experience through field placements and become better prepared to write the College of Nurses of Ontario examination for entry to practice. After program completion and based on prior education, graduates may be eligible to continue with graduate education.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (1513)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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CON0101 Conestoga 101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
Hours: 1
Credits:
Pre-Requisites:
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HEAL1811 Mental Health First Aid

Description: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. This course aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.
Anyone can benefit from MHFA training. It is open to members of the general public. Families affected by mental health problems, teachers, health service providers, emergency workers, frontline workers who deal with the public, volunteers, human resources professionals, employers and community groups are just a few of the groups who have benefited from MHFA.
Hours: 12
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
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HEAL1895 Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA)

Description: GPA Basics is an innovative, 4-module dementia-care curriculum based on a person-centred approach to care. The curriculum is evidence-based, interactive, and practical. The program guides participants to fully understand responsive behaviours, in order to be able to respond effectively and appropriately in a workplace setting. GPA Basics also includes respectful self-protective and gentle redirection techniques for use when catastrophic behaviours do occur.
Hours: 8
Credits: 1
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NURS8015 Professional Nursing Practice in the Canadian Health Care System

Description: During this course, the student will be introduced to the Canadian health care system and explore the integral role of the Registered Nurse within various contexts. The scope of practice and responsibilities of the Registered Nurse are examined while applying professional standards as defined by various Canadian Professional Nursing Organizations. Health care team functioning will be explored through role knowledge in practice (role of others) and collaborative intraprofessional and interprofessional relationships. Concepts of human relations and therapeutic communication are discussed. Individualized plans of care will be explored through application of the nursing process. Personal, professional and client well being will be explored as students transition into the role of the Canadian Registered Nurse.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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NURS8347 Enriched Assessment Skills

Description: The course begins by refreshing nursing knowledge in the basic concepts and skills of interviewing, health history taking and physical examination of the client. Examination techniques and assessment findings will then be discussed in relation to variations in age of clients, and differentiation between normal aging and illness. The significance of history and assessment findings will be illustrated by example illnesses or disease. This course will emphasize the application of assessment skills to a variety of clinical settings and nursing roles. Learning activities will include lecture format, videotapes or films, demonstrations, supervised "hands-on" practice and role playing. Learners will be required to review anatomy and physiology relevant to the topics of this course.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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NURS8357 Clinical Care Lab and Simulation

Description: This course will provide the student with the opportunity to apply theoretical learning to a practice setting. The theoretical basis, associated assessments, and performance of basic nursing skills are the focus of this course. All phases of the nursing process are applied to facilitate the provision of nursing care to clients. Each student will participate in simulated client situations incorporating all skills. Assessment and planning with scenarios during skill practice assist in the development of critical thinking skills.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
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NURS8702 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology I

Description: The student will prepare for safe administration of medications within the Canadian health care system. Principles of medication preparation and administration including drug calculations and related College of Nurses (CNO) standards of practice are studied. General principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, human physiology and pathophysiology are emphasized in relation to the care of clients, and in the understanding of the therapeutic and adverse effects of drugs on the body.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of general Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
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Level 2
COMM8290 Fundamentals of Communication and Conduct for Canadian Nursing Practice

Description: In this course, the student will explore communication theories and styles as they apply to Registered Nurses in Canada, with an emphasis on professionalism in order to provide safe, competent, compassionate, ethical, and evidence-informed care. Methods of engaging with diverse populations will be explored with an expectation of application of professional standards related to therapeutic communication, documentation, advocacy, and privacy and confidentiality. Students will also have an opportunity to utilize a variety of communication techniques as they interact with Standardized Patients in a simulated client-centred setting.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMM1085
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FPLT8290 Field Placement I (Enhanced Practice for Internationally Educated Nurses)

Description: Students are supported in the transition to the role of a Canadian Registered Nurse. Learners will demonstrate knowledge, skill and judgment in order to provide professional entry-level competencies for safe, competent, and ethical care in an acute care setting.
Hours: 244
Credits: 8
Pre-Requisites: NURS8015, NURS8347, NURS8357, NURS8702, OHS1320
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NURS1510 Nursing Theory and Research

Description: This course will build upon previous knowledge of nursing theory and strengthen student's ability to apply nursing theories in a variety of health care contexts. This course will assist students to examine basic principles of research, the needs of the research consumer, and develop skills of critical appraisal and evaluation of health care literature. Students will be introduced to Evidence Informed Decision Making (EIDM), and utilize their research skills within the context of the EIDM model.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

NURS8765 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology II

Description: Building on the concepts of Pharmacology and Pathophysiology I, students will explore more in-depth pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutics of acute and chronic conditions affecting the endocrine, immune, circulatory, respiratory, digestion and metabolism, nervous and cardiac systems. Emphasis is on interrelationships among systems and regulations of physiological functions in maintaining homeostasis.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: NURS8702
CoRequisites:

Level 3
FPLT8320 Field Placement II (Enhanced Practice for Internationally Educated Nurses)

Description: The student is provided with opportunities to build on prior clinical experience and nursing knowledge with an added gerontology focus spanning across rehabilitation, restoration, and chronic/complex continuing care. Continued focus of Canadian Registered Nurse entry-level competencies for safe, competent, professional and ethical care will be evaluated.
Hours: 88
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: FPLT8290, NURS8765
CoRequisites:

NURS8686 Seniors Care in the Canadian Health Care System

Description: Students will gain a greater understanding of the role of the gerontological nurse and the interprofessional team when caring for seniors and their families in the Canadian health care system. Concepts of healthy aging and aging in society will be examined. Influences related to the role of the gerontological nurse will be discussed including individual and family care/relationships, cultural competencies, economic and legal issues, and documentation.
Hours: 21
Credits: 1
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NURS8845 Professional Practice and Simulation

Description: As supported by regulatory and professional nursing bodies, the role of the Canadian Registered Nurse will be explored through simulation, application scenarios, and case-based learning. Students will refine nursing skills and complete comprehensive assessments related to medical-surgical, complex, and gerontological patient populations. Emphasis is placed on supporting the development of clinical decision and critical thinking skills.
Hours: 84
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: NURS8347, NURS8357, NURS8765
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NURS8855 Living with Chronic Illness and Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

Description: This course will focus on comprehensive geriatric assessment, and older adults living with chronic illness. Students will examine the quality of life and well-being of older adults who live with chronic illness such as visual/auditory changes, bone and joint disorders, pain and dementia. Promoting effective learning/communication, quality, and continuity of care within the health care continuum will be supported as students gain a greater understanding of chronic illness and disease. Students will also examine the physical and cognitive challenges associated with aging, through the development of individual, holistic comprehensive geriatric plans of care. Students will learn how to care for older adults and how to support their families through application of the nursing process, utilizing case studies to enhance learning.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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NURS8945 Policy & Advocacy: Throughout the Lifespan and Across the Continuum of Care

Description: In partnership with Canadians, registered nurses play a pivotal role in setting the stage for equitable access to factors that predetermine health and wellness. This course will explore the role of the registered nurse in influencing healthy public policy at the community and population levels in Canada. Students will ground their learning in the fundamental role that nurses play in our health system with respect to reducing conditions that predispose individuals, families, communities and population to vulnerability.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: NURS1445 or NURS1510
CoRequisites:

NURS8965 Care of the Person and Family at the End of Life

Description: This course will examine the role and value of the registered nurse within interprofessional collaborative palliative/end-of-life care delivery models. Holistic approaches to the care of the dying person and family will be emphasized. This course deepens the learners understanding of authentic therapeutic relationships within the context of death, dying and diversity. A person- and family-centered approach will be emphasized as foundational. Emerging trends and issues will be explored.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: NURS1445 or NURS1510
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Level 4
FPLT8330 Field Placement III (Enhanced Practice for Internationally Educated Nurses)

Description: Opportunities to amalgamate nursing experience, skill, and knowledge are provided as students start their transition to the role of an entry-level Canadian Registered Nurse. This placement will allow the student to participate as a contributing member of a health care team, within a long-term care setting.
Hours: 100
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: FPLT8320, NURS8686, NURS8855
CoRequisites:

NURS8375 NCLEX Preparation

Description: This course addresses the competencies required for entry to practice as a Registered Nurses (RN) in the Canadian Health Care System under the categories of professional responsibility and accountability, knowledge-based practice, ethical practice, service to the public and self-regulations. Students will review entry to practice competencies expected of a RN and be provided with NCLEX exam preparation opportunities through simulated testing.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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NURS8580 Achieving Success in Your Health Care Career

Description: This course will prepare professional nursing students to transition into entry to practice, specifically examining essential employability skills and professional career development. Students will focus on developing oneself as the professional nurse including personal reflection, goal setting, and caregiver and self-care strategies. Professional communication and behaviours will be examined. Application of professional practices related to seeking, selecting, and securing employment opportunities will occur through participation in simulated employment procedures.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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NURS8865 Community Nursing and Service Learning

Description: With a focus on delivering integrated care within the community and close to home, students will gain understanding of health and factors relevant to promoting health for individuals, families, communities and populations. This course provides the student with opportunities to learn about strategies to address community defined needs while promoting students' sense of civic engagement and social responsibility. Students will engage in service learning experiences related to community leadership with a focus on health promotion and illnesses prevention.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
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NURS8875 Leadership, Management and Trends in Nursing Practice

Description: In a dynamic and changing health care system, students will be introduced to concepts related to leadership, managements, and trends in nursing. This course will support professional socialization, while considering major trends and issues in nursing and health care practices at a provincial, national, and global health level.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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NURS8885 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Preparation

Description: This course introduces Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), a performance-based testing methodology which allows students to demonstrate their nursing knowledge, skill and judgement. Students are provided with opportunities to care for standardized patients through a series of stations, as well as apply nursing competence through paper based assessments. Students will apply all aspects of the nursing process while being observed and evaluated. Scenarios are designed to bear similarity to real-life practice environments. Emphasis will be placed on person-and family-centered care throughout the lifespan.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: NURS8845
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